I did all the personnel scheduling at the Albuquerque JCPenny for about 20 full and part-time employees for eight years. The schedule had to be adjusted almost every week to accommodate medical emergencies, sickness and unforeseen events. Under this crazy ordinance, and when the employer has to schedule in replacement help, he would be penalized.
Our personnel scheduling used to be planned around when the public visited our establishment. Allowing the employees to schedule shifts instead of when we needed them would have put us out of business.
Because of the medical requirements of ObamaCare, many employers today have opted to reduce full time staff and keep as many employees as possible under 30 hours a week. This has required the employer to hire more part time folks. Many businesses would go out of business if they could not utilize this strategy. The Benton/Pena plan would require the employer to offer additional work to existing employees before hiring any new ones. This would negate the strategy mentioned herein and put more businesses at risk for going out of business. Now, the employer could agree to this horrible ordinance and simply raise the price of his products or services. But this could easily drive away his customers. I also find it interesting that labor unions are exempted from this plan.
There are so many things wrong with the Benton/Pena plan that it should never see the light of day. I agree with the Journal. The people who would be hurt most by this plan are the very workers it is designed to help. The whole council needs to tell Benton and Pena to get their noses out of other people’s businesses.